Centara Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel operator in Thailand, has received certification from Vireo SRL, a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) accredited certification body, for meeting global standards for sustainable travel and tourism known as the GSTC criteria. This certification marks a significant milestone in Centara’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and is a testament to its commitment to adopting eco-friendly and responsible business practices.
The Centara Hotels & Resorts corporate office and 12 of their hotels have been approved for certification so far and the organization is working towards its goal of full certification by 2025. These 12 hotels, which have met the GSTC criteria, are:
- Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld
- Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
- Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
- Centara Villas Samui
- Centara Villas Phuket
- Centara Hotel Hat Yai
- Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana
- Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
- Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives
Being certified means that Centara’s products and services comply with the highest social and environmental standards. The 4 main GSTC criteria for hotels include demonstrating effective sustainable management, maximizing social and economic benefits to the local community while minimizing negative impacts, maximizing benefits to cultural heritage while minimizing negative impacts, and maximizing benefits to the environment while minimizing negative impacts.
To celebrate this prestigious certification, Centara hosted a ceremony where Dr Luigi Mazzaglia, Group CEO of Vireo, and top Centara executives, including Supatra Chirathivat, Senior Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibilities of Centara Hotels & Resorts, exchanged certificates. The ceremony took place on 7th February 2023 at Centara Grand CentralWorld.
Supatra Chirathivat, Senior Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibilities of Centara Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are proud to be recognized by Vireo SRL for our efforts in meeting the GSTC criteria and achieving an international sustainability standard throughout Centara Hotels & Resorts. With our corporate office and 12 hotels already certified, we are confident that we will achieve 100% certification by 2025. By adopting sustainable practices, we are choosing to be more mindful of our environmental impact and aligning our values with a greener future.”
Dr Luigi Mazzaglia, Group CEO of Vireo SRL, said, “At Vireo, we are focused on promoting sustainability and social responsibility in tourism. We are proud to certify Centara Hotels & Resorts and 12 of their hotels for GSTC certification. Centara has made remarkable efforts in their commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to following their continued success as they work towards certification across their entire organization.”
To learn more about Centara’s commitment to environmental sustainability, please visit its sustainability page on its website: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/sustainability.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)